Co-generation (CHP)

Cogeneration or combined heat and power (CHP) is the simultaneous generation of useful thermal energy and mechanical or electrical energy from a single fuel source. Because CHP recovers heat that would otherwise be wasted, for example from certain industrial processes, it makes much more efficient use of the primary energy. A CHP plant recovers heat from the exhaust or cooling system of a power plant and uses it for industrial processes and space heating instead of conventional heating systems based in fossil fuels. The total efficiency of a CHP plant can reach about 70 to 90%, depending on the fuel and plant type, as well as on the characteristics of the heat demand.

List of projects where this technology is being implemented.

SMARTER TOGETHER

The European lighthouse cities Vienna (Austria), Munich (Germany) and Lyon (France), the follower cities Santiago de Compostela (Spain), Sofia (Bulgaria) and Venice (Italy), the observer cities Kiev (Ukraine) and Yokohama (Japan) come together to improve citizens’ quality of life. SMARTER TOGETHER...

OPTi

The OPTi project aspires to create a long-lasting impact by rethinking the way district heating and cooling (DHC) systems are architected and controlled. The overarching goal is to create business benefit for the industry as well as to ensure optimal end-consumer satisfaction. OPTi will deliver...

FLEXYNETS

FLEXYNETS will develop, demonstrate and deploy a new generation of intelligent district heating and cooling (DHC) networks that reduce energy transportation losses by working at “neutral” (15-20°C) temperature levels. Reversible heat pumps will be used to exchange heat with the DHC network on the...

SCHOOL OF THE FUTURE

The aim of the School of the Future project was to design, demonstrate, evaluate and communicate shining examples of how to achieve the high performance building of the future. School buildings and their primary users - pupils - were the focus of the project. Both the energy and indoor environment...

EU-GUGLE

The EU-GUGLE project aims to demonstrate the feasibility of nearly-zero energy building renovation models in view of triggering large-scale, Europe-wide replication in smart cities and communities by 2020.  To reach this objective, the eight pilot cities will join efforts to combine the latest...
List of demo sites where this technology is being implemented.

EU-GUGLE Site Gothenburg

Gothenburg is the second largest town in Sweden with 526.000 inhabitants. The city has changed since the 1970s from being an industrial city to also become a “knowledge city” with The University of Gothenburg, and Chalmers University of Technology. Gothenburg has a rich cultural life, but it is...

Smarter Together Site Lyon

Lyon’s demonstration area in the SMARTER TOGETHER project is  Lyon Confluence, one of the largest urban redevelopment projects in France (150 ha – 600 000 m² existing floor area – 1.000.000 m² of new buildings) and a place of many urban innovations. With SMARTER TOGETHER Lyon aims to: Increase the...

FLEXYNETS Site Bolzano

The first phase of the three-year FLEXYNETS project will concentrate on developing the technology for low-temperature (10-20°C) district heating and cooling networks. In this phase a laboratory will be set up in the Technology Park in Bozen-Bolzano, simulating a small-scale district heating and...

OPTi Site Palma de Mallorca

Son Llatzer is a hospital situated in Palma de Mallorca (Balearic Islands, Spain) that gives public health assistance to more than 200.000 patients per year with a staff of more than 1500 people. In 2011 in the surrounding area of Son Llàtzer a tri-generation plant for electricity was installed to...

OPTi Site Lulea

The district heating and cooling (DHC) system in Luleå (Sweden) supplies 31,000 households with heating and cooling on a daily basis. The heat is manly produced at a CHP plant close to the city center. It supplies the base heat production of 185 MW to the grid and gets the fuel (e.g. flue gas) from...